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As part of the continuing “reconciliation” plan adopted by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, another 450 detainees have been released from U.S.-run military prisons in Iraq, officials said Wednesday.

The prisoners were released Tuesday and represent the latest of a total of 2,500 prisoners planned to be released during the month, officials said.

“The Iraqi government has approved the release of those not guilty of serious, violent crimes such as bombing, torture, kidnapping and murder. The detainees must renounce violence and pledge to be good citizens of Iraq,” read a press release issued by the U.S. military command in Iraq on Wednesday.

“The decision to release is an acknowledgment by the government of Iraq and MNF-I (Multi-National Force – Iraq) of the importance of progress toward democratic governance and the rule of law in a new Iraq.”

The freed prisoners were addressed by Iraq’s national security adviser, Muwafaq al-Rubai, who “asked them to return to their jobs and share in the wealth of their country,” the release read.

Under al-Maliki’s plan, up to 14,000 prisoners in Iraq would be released and sent back to their homes. This week, al-Maliki clarified the policy and said no prisoner convicted of attacking American soldiers would be among those released.

U.S. military officials have previously said that the recidivism rate for released prisoners stands at around 5 percent.

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